It’s one of the most famous nightclubs in the world, but what happens at a gym class at Ministry of Sound?

We went along to try out Core at Ministry Does Fitness and test our mettle - see if it’s the right workout for you.

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What the trainer says:


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“We encourage people to have a good time whilst working out. It doesn't always need to be serious. Notwithstanding that, we have two coaches at hand because we are big on form and promote correct movement, but also expect banging beats and a nightclub atmosphere.”

Who will love this class: "Anyone. Seriously. From total beginners to mega fitness bunnies. We are totally inclusive. Let go, come and have fun and just work hard. We'll get on just fine."

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“I work out four or five times a week for a little over an hour, preferring strength training and my main goal is to be stronger. I struggle most with core or ab exercises.”

Rate your fitness: 8/10
Thoughts before the class: Can’t judge a book by its cover and all that, we’ll see.


“I was a bit sceptical at first, but it’s clear they’re not here to mess about. I’m inviting the rest of my team to come. It was intense, gruelling and challenging and perfect smoothies after a workout. Go for ‘The Whey You Make Me Feel’.”

Favourite exercise: Hanging knee tuck (hanging from a bar and raising knees to chest)
Worst exercise: Russian twists (sitting down, feet off the ground, holding a weight and twisting torso)
Rate the class: 9/10

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“I work out three to six times a week for at least an hour and try to see a personal trainer once a fortnight. I prefer strength and HIIT workouts. I have a heart condition and though it doesn’t really affect me often, I avoid too much cardio.”

Rate your fitness: 7/10
Thoughts before the class: "I’m excited. I can’t wait to see if it will make working out more fun."


“I had a great time. I love a circuit class and I love HIIT training with weights so this ticked every box for me. It’s a great class to try with friends and really push yourself. It’s definitely an effective workout.”

Favourite exercise: Medicine ball slams (slamming a weighted ball to the ground from overhead)
Worst exercise: Lunges (holding a dumbbell in one hand overhead with a straight arm and lunging back with opposite leg)
Rate the class: 10/10

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“I walk for an hour every day but other than that I do very little exercise. I’d love to be more toned and strong in six months’ time. I find upper body exercises really hard. They have never been my strength but since I broke my arm a few years ago I find it extra hard and painful.”

Rate your fitness: 6/10
Thoughts before the class: "Scared. It looks quite intense and people might shout at me. But hopefully it will be fun."


“I was nervous and the gym’s atmosphere and attitude of the trainer was definitely intimidating. This is an intense workout and definitely not one for the faint of heart. I don’t see myself coming back.  But for anyone that loves house music and a military style fitness class this is the one for you.”

Favourite exercise: Battle ropes (holding heavy rope tied at one end in both hands, half squatting down and flicking wrists)
Worst exercise: Plated bear crawls (on all fours, knees off the ground, weight on your back and crawling along the floor)
Rate the class: 7/10

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“I work out five to six times a week, for 45-minute sessions. I like to exercise in classes because I like the pressure of having a trainer and other people around. I struggle with anything that requires me to put my legs straight in the air for too long. And squats.”

Rate your fitness: 7/10
Thoughts before the class: "Excited – I know it’s going to be really challenging and hurt, but that’s a sign that it’s doing something to my body."


“I thought the class was really challenging yet fun at the same time. I will definitely return, because I love the variety, the trainers are motivating and pushy, and of course those massive beats.”

Favourite exercise: Hanging knee tuck
Worst exercise: Birddog (on hands and knees, straightening opposite arm and leg then alternating)
Rate the class: 9/10

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“I work out three to five times a week, in 45 minute-1-hour classes. I prefer classes otherwise I tend to faff around a lot. My goals are to be stronger and more toned. I struggle with anything ab related, my core is not my strong point at all.”

Rate your fitness: 7/10
Thoughts before the class: "Excited and ready to work."


“I loved it. I’m not going to lie, I felt sick about half way through as it was quite intense but the variety of exercises – and the fact you only do each one for 40 seconds – powered me through. The training assistant was great too, she encouraged me to work harder and push myself. She told me I could use a heavier weight and I didn’t think I could but she was right.”

Favourite exercise: Hanging knee tuck
Worst exercise: Treadmill
Rate the class: 9/10

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“I exercise three times a week, mainly playing football and running.  I just work out to avoid fatness and struggle with weights.”

Rate your fitness: 7/10
Thoughts before the class: "A little unnerved but excited."


“It was hard but I felt great the next day. It’d take me a long time to get up to speed. I can’t say I enjoyed it but that’s a reason I should probably do it again.”

Favourite exercise: Birddog
Worst exercise: Hanging knee tuck
Rate the class: 7/10

Would you try a class at Ministry of Sound? Let us know in the Comments section below.